The CT Department of Public Health has provided the Fairfield Health Department with a small supply of Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis) vaccine in an effort to vaccinate all eligible individuals against pertussis (whooping cough). Adults over the age of 18 years who have or anticipate having close contact with infants younger than 12 months of age, including parents, siblings, grandparents, household contacts, adoptive families and caregivers are eligible to receive this state supplied Tdap vaccine FREE of charge, while supplies last.
Pertussis is a very contagious respiratory disease that can cause serious and sometimes life-threatening complications in infants, especially within the first 6 months of life. Even though pertussis is not as serious for adults, adults can pass it on to infants. The fundamental strategy of this program, referred to as “cocooning”, helps to put a protective “cocoon” of immunity around the infant.
If you are or plan to be a family member or caregiver of an infant younger than 12 months old, the Fairfield Health Department urges you to receive a single dose of Tdap vaccine in an effort to protect the infant.
For an appointment to get your FREE vaccine, or for more information about this cocooning pertussis program and the Tdap vaccine, please call the Fairfield Health Department Public Health Nursing Office at 203-256-3150.